Jaffe: Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 will have to wait a year for Induction Weekend

From SABR member Jay Jaffe at FanGraphs on April 30, 2020:

At a time when gatherings of even a handful of people are officially frowned upon, the thought of packing 50,000 or more into the tiny hamlet of Cooperstown, New York for a weekend of festivities is downright unthinkable, even nearly three months from now. Thus it was no surprise that on Wednesday, the Baseball Hall of Fame officially announced that its board of directors had voted unanimously to cancel this year’s Induction Weekend events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Less than two weeks ago, Forbes Magazine’s Barry Bloom had reported that a decision would be reached by the first week of May, at which point it was all over but the official word.

Thus 2020 BBWAA honorees Derek Jeter and Larry Walker, Today’s Game honorees Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller, Spink Award winner Nick Cafardo, Frick Award winner Hawk Harrelson, and Buck O’Neil Award winner David Montgomery will all be honored during next year’s Induction Weekend.

Read the full article here: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-hall-of-fames-class-of-2020-will-have-to-wait-a-year-for-induction-weekend/

Originally published: May 1, 2020. Last Updated: May 1, 2020.